Actress Natalie Dormer, star of Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games and The Tudors sat for a portrait at the London Studio several weeks ago. I wrote to Natalie inviting her to sit for my Expressive Portraits Project just over a year ago; it just goes to show how many letters and requests she receives. Natalie is exceptionally talented with an incredible natural beauty. As a realist portrait photographer Natalie was a little apprehensive of my style. In the modern world people are obsessed with removing the detail through airbrushing.
My style is to preserve even line every mark every mole. I try to present my subjects as they really are, flaws and all, while allowing for moments of candidness and vulnerability. Less austere and more deliberate than a mug shot, my work often brings facial features into high relief, allowing expressiveness to recede and making the sitter seem somehow up-close and removed at the same time. Natalie indulged me, enabling me to capture a series of wonderful frames. Her apprehension turned to excitement when she viewed the final results which edified her unique and Natural Beauty.
Thankyou to Photo-Plus Magazine for asking me to take part in their Photo-Plus Apprentice feature. It was wonderful to share my portraiture knowledge and skills with my apprentice for the session Neil Hadrill and all the magazines readers. Thanks also to Calumet Photographic for providing their studio facilities in central London for the session. If you are interested in learning about portraiture I offer One-to-One Seminars and Workshops Throughout the UK & USA.
‘Expressive‘ Portrait Exhibition moved from Liverpool and opened in London last night. It was wonderful to meet everyone share stories from the sittings and preview my latest portraits. The exhibition will be open to the public at Calumet Photographic’s Gallery space on Drummond Street until 22nd November 2015. Pop along and have a closer look at some of the worlds most recognised acting talent, including Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Mark Margolis, Ian McShane and many more. Don’t forget to tweet your favourites and opinions #rorylewisexpressive.
This month at the Liverpool Studio actress Jennifer Walsh arranged her Actors Headshots Session to update her Spotlight Acting Page. Jennifer opted for Package One, photoshoot including three retouched images presented in both Black & White and Colour. It was wonderful to work with Jennifer who very kindly wrote a review of her experience below.
Written on: 25/10/2015 Via Reviewcentre.com
“From the moment I read Rory’s website I knew I wanted him to take my Headshots. I loved his background and passion for headshot photography. I contacted him and booked online – it was quick, easy and his correspondence was excellent, friendly and I was excited to attend the photoshoot. I took my sister along and as soon as we arrived we loved the arty environment in the heart of Liverpool. We found parking easy and were kindly shown to Rory’s studio by another chap working for the Retro cinema. Rory had an assistant trainee and this was fab as we could learn some tricks of the trade whilst he took my photos. He showed me the shots all the way through and I loved them. I knew I had the headshot I wanted within the first 5 mins as he is such a wonderful photographer with a great eye and making you feel so relaxed so portraying your true self. He also knows what the industry and Spotlight look for so he directs you throughout the shoot. He is courteous, friendly and fun and made the whole experience perfect.
When I received the final retouched Headshots I was so thrilled they were wonderful. I will certainly use him again in the future and I would highly recommend any actor or individual wanting Headshots or photography to contact Rory. You will be thrilled with the result.”
Rory Lewis Photographer
67-69 Victoria Street
August/September is a busy period for Actors Headshots, with actors graduating and the Annual renewal/entry for Spotlight approaching on 15th November 2015; having a good headshot is an essential part to being casted.
I am offering Two discounted sessions on Saturday 29th August 2015 and Saturday 3rd October 2015. If you can’t make these sessions don’t worry my full comprehensive packages are available at any time.
About Rory Lewis
Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after Actors Headshot Photographers in Britain, photographing Actors Headshots for many years. Rory has created Actors Headshots for the UK’s finest Acting Talent, Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, David Warner, Emma Rigby, Iain Glen, Julian Glover and the list goes on. Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.
Both Indoor and Outdoor Shots Taken
25 Minute Headshots Session
X1 Image Retouched
x100 Images Presented VIA Online Gallery
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Saturday 29th August 2015 or Saturday 3rd October 2015
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Rory Lewis Photographer
67-69 Victoria Street
Ex-Solider Craig has been told by many people he should be a model. Craig scoured the internet and found my website booking a model/fitness portfolio session at the Liverpool Studio this week. It was wonderful to meet and work with Craig.
Unsure of the whole process, I helped him step by step through the photoshoot, directing him in poses etc. I’m sure Craig will have a great career as a male model. If you are looking for a model portfolio or are interested in a career in modelling please get in touch, I have a number of suitable packages.
Two years in the making my Book “Portraitist” is now on-sale. Portraitist, brings together a retrospective of portraits; along with a comprehensive guide, including diagrams on how to create stunning portraiture of your own.
Portraitist passes on years of expertise, working with some of the worlds most famous acting talent, such as Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Patrick Stewart, David Warner and many more.
Portraitist is available on Amazon £15.99 and available at all good book stores.
Captain James .T Kirk, TJ Hooker, Denny Crane, icon William Shatner sat for a portrait session in Studio City, Los Angeles last month. From the age of 7 I have watched Star Trek, and admired William Shatner as an actor. Now was my chance to meet and work with a screen Legend. Arriving at his Office in Los Angeles, I could scarcely believe my eyes, as I spotted William Shatner through the window blinds. Taking a few deep breaths, I got to work setting up my portable studio kit. With a number of ideas floating in my head, I explained to Bill, that I wanted to achieve a ‘plain simple expressive look‘ he replied jokingly ‘I don’t do plain‘, I quickly redescribed the look as ‘emotionless‘, and ‘Bill obliged me with a series of wonderful expressions.
I then changed my lighting and, directed Shatner’s expressions to a more fierce look; ‘Bill’ has always played hero’s in the majority of his work and I wanted to make him look more villainous’. Mr Shatner had some fun with these expressions, saying, I’ve played many hero’s I always get the girl.’ It was wonderful to work with, Mr Shatner. As a photographer having the opportunity to photograph an icon is indescribable. I’m looking forward to returning to Los Angeles in June for a series of portrait photography courses. All images where taken with Mamiya Leaf Credo 40 + 645df with MAMIYA SEKOR AF 110 MM F2.8 LS Lens. Photoshoot was supported by lighting and equipment from Calumet Photographic.
This question torments a great deal of lens buyers- Should I purchase a zoom lens or a fixed prime lens? When it comes to versatility and convenience, zoom lenses deliver a wide range of focal lengths at the flick of your wrist; without having to constantly change lenses. Quickly enabling you to frame and capture a moment with the appropriate focal length. This is a advantage for zoom lenses but also their biggest weakness. Their is a compromise in image quality. Complex arrangements of large groups of elements inside the lens moving back and forth to enable the zoom, reduce the optical quality of your images.
Despite their versatility Zoom lenses can cause a several issues with your photography. The Sharpness of your images is the first victim, barrel and pin cushion distortions can often appear at the wide-angle and telephoto ends of your lens zoom range. Zoom lenses can also cause vignetting, a reduction of an image’s brightness or saturation. You can also expect an increase in chromatic aberration (known as colour fringing around high-contrast edges in a scene). This effect is most commonly seen when you’re using large apertures at the wide-angle end. Zoom lenses are also more susceptible to ghosting and flare.
If you choose a high-quality prime lens, distortion and vignetting will be much less noticeable. Their are fewer moving parts; prime lenses are optimised to a specific focal length or purpose. Which means optical performance is generally better and lenses an be made with larger apertures. The Sharpness of your images will also be unparalleled, so you can really make the most of the high-resolution sensors fitted to current digital cameras.
Another advantage of using prime lenses is that they’re generally ‘faster’. Which means they have a larger maximum aperture, which enables faster shutter speeds. For example, a typical 18-55mm zoom lens has a maximum aperture of roughly f/4 at the wide-angle end, shrinking to a mere f/5.6 at about 50mm. If you Switch to a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens the largest available aperture is four stops faster. In low light you’d be limited to a shutter speed of, say, 1/15 sec with a typical zoom (unless you increase your ISO setting). However, an f/1.4 lens will enable a much faster shutter speed of 1/250 sec. An f/1.8 lens is 3.3 stops faster than an f/5.6 lens, and even an f/2.8 model is two stops faster.